Background.: Physical activity (PA) promotes children’s health. While sensory processing is integral to motor output, research regarding PA in children with sensory processing challenges is sparse. Purpose.: This study aimed to examine the PA pattern and its association with daily life participation of children with sensory processing challenges. Method.: Forty-four children ages 5 to 7 years were divided into the study group (children with sensory processing challenges; n = 22; 16 males) and an age-matched typically developing control group (n = 22; nine males). Parents completed the Short Sensory Profile, a demographic questionnaire, Participation in Childhood Occupations Questionnaire, and Participation in Physical Activity and Sedentary Behavior Questionnaire–Modified. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and correlational analysis. Findings.: Structured PA was reported in 45% and 77% of the study and control groups, respectively (p =.030). In the study group, the level of participation in PA was found to be significantly correlated with play and leisure activities. Implications.: Promoting structured and group PA opportunities may be important for children with sensory processing challenges.
- Activities of daily living
- Motor activity
- Sensory modulation dysfunction
- Structured activity
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Occupational Therapy